Adventure ride - Alexandra, Eildon Weir and Cheviot Tunnel - 1 March 2020

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Adventure ride - Alexandra, Eildon Weir and Cheviot Tunnel  - 1 March 2020

Time: March 1, 2020 from 8:30am to 5pm
Location: Britannia Mall, Mitcham
Street: Britannia Mall, 485 Whitehorse Road
City/Town: Mitcham
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Phone: 0408833764
Event Type: adventure, dirt-roads, scenery, tunnel
Organized By: David Atkinson, Pete Zimm
Latest Activity: Feb 29

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Event Description

Ride Description

This is a cracker of a ride with plenty of variety and a bit of adventure thrown in. It was originally planned as a ride for club’s adventurer group last year. It was a hoot and now we wish to open it up for our more experienced members who have no qualms about riding 30-40-kms of dirt road. We depart from Mitcham taking pretty back roads as we make our way towards Warburton. Just outside the town on the slopes of Mount Donna Buang we find The Archeron Way, a beautiful narrow forest dirt road that meanders through fern trees and tall mountain ashes. We’ll pass through Marysville before enjoying the quirky ambience of the Taggerty Cafe for a break. We will re-fuel in Alexandra then head for Skyline Road which provides stunning views from the hills overlooking Lake Eildon. Lunch will be at the Aqua Cafe and Bar which has an excellent outlook over the banks of Lake Eildon. We aim to be there at 1pm. Thanks to Pete for this suggestion. Near Thorton we will be opening a few farm gates to take an interesting track through private property. There is fast riding to be had back to Alexandra followed by lovely sweeping curves along Whanregarwen Road which passes through the picturesque Goulburn River river flats. At Molesworth we go bush on some little dirt tracks to see if we can find Chevoit Tunnel, a splendid brick arch tunnel that was once part of the Yea-Alexandra railway line. Pretty Frog Ponds and Murrindindi Roads will get us closer to home. The 340-km ride is packed with varied terrain and wonderful vistas. There and surprises throughout the route - a very rewarding day out. Check out the movie below.

Ride Suitability

This event is for experienced riders who like a bit of adventure. You are expected to have ridden in a variety of conditions and be comfortable riding on dirt and gravel roads. You also need to have the stamina to last the day over the entire 340-km route. If you find yourself getting tired towards the end of long rides, then this event may not be for you. 

Date and Departure Time:

Sunday 1 March, 9am sharpArrive earlier if you need coffee and breakfast before hand. Please arrive with a full tank.

Meeting Point:

Britannia Mall, 485 Whitehorse Road, Mitcham shopping centre, our usual departure point in the east. 

Come Prepared:

March is likely to be hot, dry and dusty so you will need to carry a litre of water with you. A snood to cover your mouth and nose will help to keep the dust out of your lungs.

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Comment by David Atkinson on February 27, 2020 at 20:20

Ha ha Michael. Nevertheless that club really appeals to me. How do I join or am I in it already? I think this year the landscape may be green!

Comment by Michael K Ginchi on February 27, 2020 at 20:07

Comment by David Atkinson on February 24, 2020 at 10:48

Thanks for letting us know Les

Comment by Les Bennett on February 23, 2020 at 6:50

Can't make it again, double booked 

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